Has the time come to bring home a furry bundle of joy to your busy household? If you’re thinking of the best family dog for kids, our Clemmons veterinarians have some valuable insights. Here are our picks for best family dogs for kids.
What should I consider when looking for the best dog for kids?
Care Requirements: We know all dogs need love, attention, routine veterinary care, and food, but what specific care needs does that cute pup in the window have? What about known health risks and grooming? Who will feed, walk, and train it? Answering these questions could provide valuable insight into whether your family is ready for the responsibilities of dog ownership, and which breeds may be a great fit.
Personality and Temperament: Dogs’ personalities are as varied as their humans’. They can be playful and jovial, easygoing and calm, or anywhere in between. Ensure your new furry friend’s temperament matches your family’s.
Size: Do you have a brood of young, energetic kids who love to run and play, or are they older and likely to spend a Saturday tossing a frisbee, or just reading a book? How large is your home and yard? It’s a good idea to consider the size of dog that works best of your family - small, medium, or large breed. While some smaller breeds may be more fragile, large dogs can feel more confident due to their stature.
Energy: While some dogs are very physically active and need lots of stimulation to keep their minds and bodies occupied and out of trouble, others are more content to slumber next to you on a lazy Sunday. Decide among your family whether you’re looking for a hiking pal or a more snuggly canine.
Best Family Dogs for Kids
Though these gentle giants may tip scales at an astonishing 100 to 150 pounds, don’t let their size deceive you: these dogs are so patient, watchful, and sweet that they’ve secured a well-earned reputation as incredible dogs for kids. If you have the space, this fluffy canine may be the best nanny you could ask for on four paws.
America’s most popular dog breed for decades makes this list due to their affinity for everyone from kids and other pets to adults. A larger breed that can grow up to 80 pounds, these sweet canines are highly energetic bundles of love who need daily exercise.
Well-known for its friendly, happy-go-lucky disposition, this breed possesses a lovable combination of pack instincts, even temperament and gentle ways to make it a must for families with children to consider. Plus, grooming its short coat will be easy.
Don’t limit yourself to considering purebred dogs exclusively. Mixed breeds can offer the best traits of two-plus amazing breeds in one pup.
Get to know a mutt and their individual temperament and preferences, and you may just fall in love. Bonus points if you adopt one; you get the warm and fuzzy feeling of discovering a new best friend, and saving a dog’s life.
Wondering which dog breed may be best for your family? Contact our Clemmons animal clinic today for advice.
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